The James Wilson Foundation on Natural Rights and the American Founding

“How are Natural Rights Related to Just Laws?” – Prof. Hadley Arkes at the Federalist Society

by James Wilson Institute on June 24, 2021
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The Federalist Society released their latest installment in a series of videos featuring JWI Founder and Director, Professor Hadley Arkes, discussing the natural law foundations of our Constitution and jurisprudence. In this latest short clip, Professor Arkes explains how all laws in some way restrict life, liberty, or property. Therefore, our central question must be, “is the governmental restriction or seizure justified?”.

View the video here.

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